Framework for the Future: Three Questions Driving the Donor Relations Profession Forward
Session 3E

Wednesday, October 3 | 1:30–3:00 PM

Presented by: 
Lynne Wester

Session Description: 

What are the emerging trends in our field? What are top shops focusing on? And what are the challenges that face our field? These questions all have answers. Join this thought leadership session to learn where we're headed in the future and to explore the unique challenges facing the field. 

Armed with information from three "pulse of donor relations" surveys spanning multiple years, examine the changing landscape of donor relations, our future partnerships in fundraising, and what type of talent we need to drive our profession forward. This will be a high level discussion with examples and evidence-based theories placed into practice.

Shop Size
Suitable for any size shop

Experience Levels
Mid-career (8–12 years)
Seasoned (13–17 years)
Experienced (18+ years)


Design Thinking
Donor Experience

About the Speaker:

Lynne Wester
Donor Relations Guru, LLC

Lynne Wester believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as "the Olivia Pope of fundraising," Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most—when crisis or opportunity arrives.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement, all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.

Lynne received her bachelor's from the University of South Carolina, holds a master's in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.